Plantronics BackBeat GO 2
Getting back into the beat
The Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 addresses two very simple needs: the need for a good pair of headphones that outputs good audio quality and the need for a hands-free headset that allows you to communicate clearly. Could this be the ultimate hands-free solution? We find out in this review.
Compact, lightweight and capable of crystal-clear audio, the Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 is more than your average Bluetooth headset. For starters, Plantronics has applied a P2i military-grade nano-coating on this pair of headphones. This coating protects the earbuds against sweat, moisture, and even allows you to use the headphones under light rain.
To test this headset, we connected it to an Android smartphone and first played a couple of songs. We found that the BackBeat GO 2 handles the mids and highs very well, with exceptional clarity. When it comes to the lower end of the spectrum though, we’d recommend trying out the various sized earbuds for best result. You’ll need to ensure that the earbuds fully cover your ear canals to prevent sound leakage and to give you better bass response. While on the subject, we’d like to add that this headset perform very well with acoustic music, such as that from John Mayer and Joanna Wang.
When it comes to the hands-free element, the BackBeat GO 2 offers very clear voice when receiving calls. The integrated microphone (which is located on the in-line remote controller) also does a very good job at capturing your voice. This makes the BackBeat GO 2 a great companion for use with Siri or the new voice command feature introduced in Android 4.4.
In terms of battery life, this headset offers up to five hours of talk time, or up to four and a half hours of music playback. Fortunately, this number can be increased if you purchase the bundle that comes with the charging case. The charging case that’s bundled with this headset is a rather unique one. It comes with an integrated battery, which when connected to the headset, adds up to 10 hours of battery life. It also comes with a small LED panel that tells you the remaining battery level. Sadly, you won’t be able to use this headset while it’s charging, because the provided cable is rather short.
As for comfort, we’re happy to report that the BackBeat GO 2 is extremely light, making it very comfortable to wear. There’s a silicone wedge just behind the earcups that Plantronics named stabilizers, and these help to ensure that the headset sits properly when used. There is, however, one small issue about the design of this headset – the in-line remote is located on the right side, making it rather difficult for left-handed users to access it.
In a nutshell, we’re very happy with the Plantronics BackBeat GO 2, although we do think that it could have used a little more audio processing technology, such as the one featured in the Jabra Motion. If you’re looking for something that’s a little more rugged and compact, we’d have no qualms about recommending this to you.
You charge the Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 via a microUSB port found on the rear of the right earpiece.